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FACTS ABOUT THE LATVIAN LANGUAGE
- The roots of the Latvian language began in Sanskrit. It comes from the Indo-European language family and is one of the oldest languages in Europe. Nowadays only Lithuanian is related to Latvian, and these two languages make up a separate branch in the classification of languages of Europe.
- Latvian has three main dialects – Livonian, the Middle dialect, and the High dialect. The Middle dialect is the base for literary Latvian.
- Latvian is the native language of roughly 1.3 million people, mainly in Latvia where it’s the state language. Around 400,000 speakers of Latvian live abroad – in Russia, the USA, Canada, Australia and so on. Of course, Latvian as a second language is used by about half a million people of other nationalities living in Latvia.
- And the fact that Latvian coincidentally survived the invasion of other nations close and far is quite surprising. The explanation for this phenomenon could be found in Latvian customs and traditions. Here, it is worth mentioning the collected 200,000 state songs between 1894 and 1915 by K. Barons, which are in the World Heritage List.
- The Latvian alphabet has 33 letters.
- In Latvian, the first syllable is almost always stressed.
- There are three intonations – even, falling, and broken.
- The first printed book in Latvian was Katoļu katķisms (Catholic Catechism), published in Vilnius in 1585. The book is preserved even now.
- In 1644, the first grammar book was published.
- The first weekly newspaper Latviešu Avīze (the Latvian Newspaper) had been published in Jelgava from 1822 until 1915.
- In 1918 the Republic of Latvia recognised Latvian as the state language, but in 1944, as a result of the occupation, the status was removed.
- In 1988, a law was passed regarding the renewal of the language status.
- There are about 20 universities in the world that offer accredited Latvian studies.
- The longest word in Latvian is ‘pretpulksteņrādītājvirziens’ (counterclockwise).
THE LATVIAN ALPHABET
The base of the Latvian alphabet is 16th century Latin, when German ministers printed the first books by the principles of German or using Fraktur. For many centuries, the gothic and Latin writing had been used in parallel. Only in the second half of the 20th century did the Latvian alphabet become what it is today. The Latvian alphabet consists of 33 letters.
HOW COMPLEX IS THE LATVIAN LANGUAGE?
Nowadays, an increasing number of people are choosing to learn the Latvian language for various reasons. For some it’s needed in work, and others want to learn the language before visiting Latvia. There are also some people who want to pleasantly surprise their friends and family, to whom Latvian is native. There are a lot of foreigners who are mesmerised by the sound of Latvian, additionally raising interest not only in the language, but in the culture, traditions, and the state as well.
Latvian grammar is one of the most complex in the world. The language is very flexible, it has many cases, and soft and hard sounds, which make it harder to learn the language. It’s hard to use linguistic constructions containing the genitive case when other languages don’t even have it.
OTHER COMMON LANGUAGES IN LATVIA
The most widespread languages among Latvians are Latvian, English, and Russian. For a small number of citizens Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish, Lithuanian, Romani, Estonian, and German are their native languages.
WHERE AND HOW MANY SPEAK LATVIAN?
Currently, the spread of Latvian coincides with the country’s border. To roughly 1.5 million citizens it is their native tongue. 1.38 million of them live in Latvia, while others live elsewhere in the world – the USA, Canada, Sweden, Russia, Australia, Great Britain, Germany and others.
Latvian as a second language is used by half a million residents of other nationalities living in Latvia.
WHAT REGULATES THE USE OF LANGUAGE IN THE PRESS?
The State Language Centre governs the use of the Latvian language in the press and media.
LATVIAN IN BUSINESS
Latvian is significant in business relations in Latvia. For around 60% of Latvian residents it is their daily language of communication both at home and in the workplace. Outside of Latvia, Latvian is not used for business purposes.
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